Get Smart (2008)



Critic Consensus: Get Smart rides Steve Carell's considerable charm for a few laughs, but in the end is a rather ordinary Summer comedy.

Movie Info

40-Year-Old Virgin star Steve Carell steps into the telephonic shoes of television's most beloved bumbling detective in this big-screen adaptation of the hit 1960s-era comedy series created by Mel Brooks. The evil geniuses at KAOS have hatched a diabolical plot to dominate every living man, woman, and child on the planet, and their plot gets under way as they attack the headquarters of the U.S. spy agency Control. As a result of the attack, the identity of every agent working for Control has … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some rude humor, action violence and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nick Marine, Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2008
Box Office: $130.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


as Maxwell Smart

as Agent 99

as The Chief

as Siegfried

as Agent 91

as The President

as Agent 13

as Brude

as Shtarker

as Dalip

as Vice President

as Russian Bad Guy

as Air Marshall

as Russian Guy in Bathr...

as Max's Dance Partner

as Russian Underling

as Russian Leader

as North Korean General

as North Korean Soldier

as Arab Man

as Tour Guide

as Agent 38

as Orange Team Guy

as Control Assistant

as Control Assistant

as Control Assistant

as Restaurant Agent

as Restaurant Agent

as Airline Passenger

as Airline Passenger

as Airline Passenger

as Flight Attendant

as Co-Pilot

as Russian Farmhand

as Pretty Woman at Part...

as Pretty Woman at Part...

as Russian Farmer

as Bakery Counter Woman

as KAOS Office Worker

as Russian Son

as Russian Mother

as CIA Agent

as CIA Agent

as General

as Control Prison Guard

as Opel Driver

as Secret Service Agent

as Secret Service Agent

as Conductor

as Secret Service Agent...

as Cesna Pilot

as Kid in Minivan

as Mom in Minivan

as Secret Service Comma...

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Get Smart

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (43)

As a reworking of one of the great 1960s TV comedies, you'd think being funny would be its main goal. But you would be wrong. Very, very wrong.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The movie is hurt more than helped by having to carry over character names and shoehorn in the show's greatest hits, Carell and Hathaway's rhythm faltering with every recycled catchphrase.

Full Review… | July 29, 2015
Stop Smiling

In a year where even Ghost Rider gets a sequel, Get Smart makes you actually want one.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

For anyone who entertained hopes for Get Smart and has not been entertained back, the film's main fault will lie in its wobbly translation.

Full Review… | November 4, 2013
The Nation

Get Smart certainly has its moments, but suffers badly from an inability to balance the surreal humor and life-threatening terrorist threat.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

There's enough packed in there to warrant a viewing if you fancy a bit of fun.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Get Smart

Surprisingly good for a remake of a tv show. Carrel, hathaway and Johnson all put on a good show. Well worth your time.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's nowhere near as awful as it could have been thanks to it's strong cast but after it finally decides to wrap itself up in a neat bow, Get Smart adds up to nothing more than terribly average and relatively lame summer material. It's downfall is the fact that it makes little use of it's star studded talent like most massively financed comedies, there was definitely a missed opportunity here. It's fairly dull and runs out of steam about 30 minutes in and decides to go dead serious when it comes to the plot. Which I will point out is all over the place and almost non-existent. There's also a huge problem with the soundtrack because it repeats the same stereotypical spy thriller music over and over and over again. It's not terrible, Steve Carell scores a lot of laughs but after almost 2 hours of having him on screen doing nothing more than his charming face, it really made me think of how brilliant The 40 Year Old Virgin was. Anne Hathaway also does the best with the weak script she's given, she has fun as does Alan Arkin and Terrence Stamp in their perfectly cast roles. But in the end the film as a whole is fairly forgettable, it has moments of good comedy, but that and cleverly crafted special effect sequences can't quite make up for the flaws surounding them.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A funny movie that revolves around Carrell and his antics. The story is not great nor does it make perfect sense, but it keeps the movie moving and Carrell keeps the jokes coming. Main fault is lack of chemistry between Hathaway and Carrell.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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